Karl Schmidt-Rottluff - Zwei Zinnien (Zwei Zinnien - Two Zinnia), 1960

Watercolour on paper

69 x 49 cm / framed 97 x 76 cm
27 x 19 inch / framed 38 x 29 inch

Signed "SRottluff” at the bottom right
Title and date on the back "Zwei Zinnien" "60"

- with craftsman's frame -

N 9436

About the work

The English author and garden designer Vita Sackville-West loved zinnia and could hardly imagine a garden without the pretty composites. Introduced to Europe from Mexico at the end of the 18th century, the zinnia was also planted in the Botanical Gardens in Berlin in 1808 following stations in Spain and England, spread rapidly and found a home in German cottage gardens.
Like Sackville-West, whose residence in Sissinghurst is still admired even today each year by thousands of visitors, Emy Schmidt-Rottluff also loved the simple beauties with their brilliant blossoms. It is said that it is only for this reason that the artist painted the flowers so often.
The "Zwei Zinnien" were created in 1960, in a work phase in which the still life once again became predominant in his work. The artist placed the red and orange blossoms against a wet-on-wet, rose-coloured background. In contrast with the earlier, radiantly colourful and highly expressive paintings, the watercolours of the late years are distinguished by a certain painterly reserve: their colourfulness is more subtle, the tones more broken and the palette often supplemented with black. The formal conception of the paintings becomes more sober and stringent - a development that may have done justice to the simple zinnia with their straight stems.

Text authored and provided by Dr. Doris Hansmann, Art historian

Studies of art history, theater, film and television, English and Romance Languages at the University of Cologne, doctorated in 1994. Research assistant at the Art Museum Düsseldorf. Lecturer and project manager at Wienand Verlag, Cologne. Freelance work as an author, editor and book producer for publishers and museums in Germany and abroad. From 2011 chief editor at Wienand Verlag, from 2019 to 2021 senior editor at DCV, Dr. Cantz’sche Verlagsgesellschaft, Berlin. Numerous publications on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Zwei Zinnien - Two Zinnia, 1960, 69 x 49 cm / framed 97 x 76 cm, N 9436
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